Area Athletes to Compete in Midwest Meet of Champions
Five northern Michigan senior track and field athletes will represent Team Michigan in the annual Midwest Meet of Champions at Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday.
One of the longest running postseason high school meets in the country, the Midwest Meet of Champions began in 1974 and features senior track and field athletes from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Benzie Central’s Brayden Huddleston and Charlevoix’s Jared McLean are the two male athletea from northern Michigan competing on Team Michigan. A Bradley (Neb.) University commit, Huddleston was part of the 3,200 relay team that finished second at this year’s MHSAA Division 3 state finals. Huddleston also competed as an individual in the 1,600 (sixth), 800 (fifth) and 3,200 (28th) runs. Huddleston will compete in the 1,600 run this weekend.
McLean finished second in the 200 dash and the 1,600 relay at last weekend’s Division 3 finals.
On the girls side, Cadillac’s Liz Pyles, Clare’s Kasey Staley and Ludington’s Jody Fuller will represent area athletes.
Pyles, who will attend Grand Valley State in the fall and will compete in the shot put and discus on Saturday, captured the MSHAA Division 2 state titles in both events this past weekend.
Staley has won back-to-back Division 3 state championships in the pole vault and will attend Central Michigan, while Fuller will take part in the 3,200 relay this weekend after competing in the 1,600 relay (ninth), 3,200 relay (fifth) and 800 run (third) in the 2017 Division 2 state finals. She will take her talents to GVSU in the fall.